Massachusetts October Job Report

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Written by Michael Sol Warren

By: Michael Sol Warren
Statehouse Correspondent / South Coast Today

The steady decline in Massachusetts’ unemployment rate has been aided, in part, by the growth of the health care industry.

 “We are consistently adding new staff as our heathcare system grows, and as we adjust to the changing nature of healthcare,” said Peter Cohenno, a spokesman for the South Coast Healthcare System, the region’s largest employer with more than 7,500 employees.

Cohenno said the company, which operates four hospitals in the area, is currently seeking to fill 350 more positions “We work closely with the college and universities in our region to create specialty programs that are in demand in our industry; providing opportunity for the next generation of medical professionals while expanding our capabilities as a world-class healthcare provider,” he said in a statement.

Health care was Massachusetts’ fastest growing industry in October, gaining 1,800 employees statewide over September. Massachusetts healthcare employers have added 22,300 employees in the past year, contributing to the state’s 3.3 percent unemployment rate in October, the lowest it’s been since April 2001.

The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development announced the latest numbers on Thursday, showing a .3 percentage drop from September’s 3.6 percent unemployment level.

The latest figures mark the fourth consecutive month of falling unemployment numbers.

 “We are pleased to see the state’s unemployment rate continues to drop month after month,” state Labor Secretary Ronald Walker said in a press release. “But we are mindful of the residents who have not been able to find a job in the past year. We are doing all we can to reengage those individuals in this job market.”

At the end of October, the state had 100,700 more employed residents than in October 2015. The Massachusetts unemployment rate peaked at 8.8 percent in September 2009. Since then, 327,100 more Bay State residents have found jobs.

 Massachusetts jobs numbers continue to fare better than the rest of the country.

The national unemployment rate in October was 4.9 percent.

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